2019 Catholic Charities Appeal

Please click on the link shown below to view this year’s Catholic Charities video hosted by Archbishop Charles Chaput.

https://vimeo.com/308180138

God bless your generosity!

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by Susan Dugary

‘Love is patient, love is kind:’ you know these words!

Chiara Lubich in 1943 founded a movement in Italy called (Hearth) “Focolare.” She spread her message of unity in the crucified and abandoned Christ around the world. A few years ago, she gave in Rome, an insightful meditation on the state of the world:

Humanity suffers from deafness, she said.  It can no longer hear the Word of God through speech because there is too much noise in the world. Parents and children are too busy to listen to Christ’s message. They have no time to listen for ways to heaven. They no longer hear the sounds of people crying or suffering even in their own homes.

We have to admit that our attention span becomes shorter every time we tune in to social media, TV News networks, and the like. So much information we can hardly grasp it all. Silence is becoming something we fear, because we feel alone and empty in quiet.

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by Father Cioppi

FATHER CIOPPI INVITES YOU TO MDP’S PARISH TRIP TO FRANCE

14-24 OCTOBER 2019

PLEASE JOIN US FOR A TRIP THROUGH FASCINATING FRANCE WITH A VISIT TO LOURDES AND OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

  • World War II Battlefields of Normandy in this 75th Anniversary Year and the American Cemetery
  • Full-Day Tour of Parish, including Notre Dame Cathedral; Rue de Bac (Miraculous Medal); Sacre Coeur and Montmartre
  • Guided visit of the Island of Saint Michael
  • Guided visit to Versailles
  • Full day guided tour of Lisieux (Shrine of Saint Theresa, the Little Flower)
  • Visit Nevers, the resting place of Saint Bernadette
  • Guided Tour of the Papal Palace in Avignon
  • Full day visit to the Shrine at Lourdes
  • Visit the Birthplace of Saint Vincent De Paul in Puoy on the way to the town of Bordeaux

DURING THE TRIP, THERE WILL BE TWO WINE-TASTING EXCURSIONS –

CHATEAUNEUF DE PAPE AND BORDEAUX

DETAILS:

  • Nine nights accommodations
  • Nine Breakfasts
  • Six planned Dinners
  • English-speaking tour Escort throughout

Price starts at $3,653 per person, Land only, based on Double Occupancy.  If there are more than 35 participants, the price will reflect the discount.

FOR INFORMATION CONTACT

www.ventescsatravel.net


 

 

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by Susan Dugary

Let His Word be your spirit and life!

In the Gospel, we are at the beginning of the pastoral ministry of Jesus. He wants to lay out for us the scheme of things so we can understand the context in which he preaches by word and by deed.

He first tells us that it is the Spirit of the Lord that directs Him. The Spirit has anointed Him for a reason and that reason is ‘to bring glad tidings to the poor, to proclaim liberty to captives; recovery of sight to the blind and release to prisoners.  He is to announce a year of favor from the Lord.’

These are radical changes in any kingdom but for the kingdom of God these are words and actions reflect the true nature of God.

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by Father Cioppi

Reminder

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Be astonished by what you see and hear today. God is near!

Jesus performed miracles in order that we may believe that “God is near.” When we meditate on the Wedding Feast of Cana, we discover the Face of God in very ordinary ways.

Consider Jesus and His mother being invited to a wedding.

Jesus asks if He can bring some friends along, so the wedding was open, usually lasting a whole week. Everyone having a good time. Men stood on one side of the room and women on the other.

Consider now Mary gathered with the women, talking, sharing funny stories about their husbands or their children, the price of food or the communal well. Suddenly, the mother of the bride seems anxious.

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by Father Cioppi

THE BAPTISM OF THE LORD

 

The Baptism of the Lord in the Jordan begins the reflection of the great mystery which is incarnated through the Gospels and sacramentalized through the Church. It connects us with our own Baptism and our responsibility to announce and witness the mission of the Son of God.

 

The living water of baptism initiates the soul into the family of God and establishes a common goal, which is eternal life in Him.

 

The Gospel, spoken today, in every church, in every city across the world announces with great joy that this Jesus Who we behold on our Altar is indeed “my beloved Son;
in Whom I am well pleased.”

 

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by Father Cioppi

EPIPHANY OF OUR LORD

Since the beginning of Advent, we have become like the Magi, searching for the promised One who changes our lives and the life of history. Matthew says, “And on entering the house they saw the child with Mary his mother. They prostrated themselves and did him homage.” (Mt 2: 11).

Outwardly, their journey was over. It seemed as though they had reached their goal.

However, at this point a new journey began for them, an inner pilgrimage which in fact does change their lives. These men were not expecting to see a child. They were expecting to see a man, a King! They were coming from a world of chaos looking for peace! What they found was a vulnerable Child lying in a manger offering ways to peace.

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by Father Cioppi

Welcome to our Parish

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by Father Cioppi

HOLY FAMILY -’don’t be afraid of the quirks’

Each family is an icon or a reflection of the Holy Family. Often, we can identify some part of our lives with theirs. Other times they can serve as a model for us to imitate.

Joseph is righteous before God, he has a good work ethic that he passes on to his son, and he is a faithful loving husband, who brings stability to his home life and to the community in which he lives. Mary is humble, nurturing, and directive. She treasures in her heart everything about her Son and she worries.

Jesus is an obedient son, loyal to tradition, faithful and caring for his parents. He is a willing student so He may become a better Teacher.

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by Father Cioppi